Only occasionally do we get catch a glimpse of this nation as it truly is, only occasionally can we smell it, but only when we get close enough to have our noses rubbed in what this country is actually about. We are buried and immersed, indoctrinated, infotained and immolated in this collective candy wrapper called the United States of America. A Disney ride, a sitcom with patriotic music played over the noise of a slaughter house.
A Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm image of America, but Rebecca is packing heat. She loves slasher flicks and violence; she craves more pictures of a bloody Qaddafi or Saddam on the scaffold. She loves and craves blood and violence and on Sunday she stops to kneel and to pray because Jesus, the prince of peace loves America. He loves our violence and our blood, our gushing gore and bonehewing.
Barack Obama is quick to claim credit for our troop withdrawal in Iraq; his administration has a kinder gentler machine gun hand. The truth is we were thrown out, can you believe it? After all we've done for those ungrateful wretches, after we've bombed and strafed their country with depleted uranium and killed over 150,000 Iraqi's civilians we are being shown the door, all that we Americans ever asked for was immunity from criminal prosecution, and the Iraqi's for some strange reason said no.
So we will leave behind one freshly purchased squadron of F-16 fighter jets in Iraq with another on order because the only thing we love in America more than blood, carnage and tears is high tech weaponry. We also plan through an American broker plan to sell the Afghan air force a fleet of Russian made helicopters. New helicopters would sell for $19 million per copy but because we really love democracy and Capitalism we are selling the Afghans used Russian helicopters for $21 million per copy. The argument is that the new helicopters were just too complicated for the untrained Afghan pilots; pilots who plan to start flight school just as soon as they are taught how to read.
I know a woman who is sick and will probably die, not because there isn't a treatment for her illness but because her job has been outsourced overseas. Her health insurance company is shouting, "Yippee Skippee" and dancing a jig because at the end of the month they are off the hook for her medical bills and because she is sick, no other insurance company will cover her at any price. Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it? Let's let people die for money, everyone is doing it! Well, third world back water countries are doing it, there aren't any countries the world considers civilized doing these things but then, we consider ourselves separate from the rest of the world.
This is your bullshit freedom; your vulnerability is sold to you as John Wayne style freedom. 45,000 American men, women and children die each year because they lack health insurance. I don't care what your political affiliation is, that is shameful, that is a disgrace. While you chant your political slogans and invectives tell it to the mother of a dying child or tell it to a child with a dying parent, that this is all about your freedom little Bobby.
Students with good grades go to college because an educated population creates a more vibrant society and creates more than an uneducated population. Most of Europe offers their young people a free education but here in America education is a profit center. A billion dollars in student loans go to Internet Universities. "Learn ballpoint pen repair" or "join the fast paced world of Homeland Security" or even become a NASCAR mechanic. Their goal isn't to educate but to profit from education because what else matters?
Ten million jobs outsourced with no end in sight, twelve million homes foreclosed with no end in sight. Isn't the profit motive wonderful? WWJD? He'd tell America to f*ck off; that's what he'd do, he cast the money changers from their temples because he had this outrageous notion that God doesn't need or want our money. Jesus believed in the separation of church and state. So this precious Jesus, that the Bible thumpers so idolize, would tell them to their faces, point blank, to eat sh*t and die.
Jesus would be found today at occupy Wall Street or more than likely in a New York City jail cell. He had overturned the tables of the money changers and thrown down their goods once before and there is no doubt, that he'd do it again today on Wall Street.
Yet there is then a third leg to this insidious iniquitous triad, included with our murder and larcenies are our lies. I found this the other day quite by accident.
"MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Here are the latest developments on this eleventh day of war. Another night of intense bombing in Baghdad hit key Republican Guard targets. And U.S. Central Command says the presidential palace used by Saddam Hussein's son Qusay, along with Fedayeen paramilitary barracks, were also struck."
So after an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation with reasons built entirely out of hot air and manufactured lies the US military then bombs the capital of this nation repeatedly. We bombed their electrical grid and we bombed their water and sanitation facilities and in the end we even bombed Iraqi television. All of these events are war crimes but what question does the media ask?
Do you think that we are being too nice, too restrained in our murderous assault? Do you think those bludgeoned battered and bombed in Iraq were let off too easy?
I who am I? Born at the pinnacle of American prosperity to parents raised during the last great depression. I was the youngest child of the youngest children born almost between the generations and that in fact clouds and obscures who it is that (more...)